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Equally energetic -- though a touch more bouncy -- are the efforts from Sunset Alliance honcho Dave Jensen's own combo, Before Braille. Leading off with the twisting guitar/falsetto workout "Select Start" and closing with the rousing jangle anthem "Low End of Luxury," the band is already hard at work on a follow-up. This week the group began efforts on a full-length, laying down tracks at Hoag's Flying Blanket studios in Mesa. Jensen adds that the group will be hitting California for a series of dates in September.

Locals might remember Andherson from the band's mid-'90s run in the Valley. The group left town for Berkeley, California, where it perfected the impossibly bleak sound found on the trio of somber cuts here, including the slow, lurching standout "Perennial."

Sunset Alliance is also in the process of readying another triple split in conjunction with Florida's Fueled By Ramen records, this time bringing together Before Braille with Lance Lammers' Seven Storey and Bob Hoag's post-Pollen outfit The Go Reflex, in October.

In the meantime, the Fivespeed/Before Braille/Andherson crew will be celebrating the release of their disc with a par-tay this Saturday, July 28, at Tempe's Lucky Dragon Restaurant. Showtime is 9 p.m.

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